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hard, when looking from the top of Pisgah into "the good time coming," to watch the years slipping away one by one, and death crawling nearer and nearer, and the people wearying themselves in the fire for very vanity, and Jordan not yet passed, the promised land not yet entered? While our little children die around us, like lambs beneath the knife, of cholera and typhus and consumption, and all the diseases which the good time can and will prevent; which, as science has proved, and you the rich confess, might be prevented at once, if you dared to bring in one bold and comprehensive measure, and not sacrifice yearly the lives of thousands to the idol of vested interests, and a majority in the House. Is it not hard to men who smart beneath such things to help crying aloud-"Thou cursed Moloch-Mammon, take my life if thou wilt; let me die in the wilderness, for I have deserved it; but these little ones in mines and factories, in typhus cellars and Tooting pandemoniums, what have they done? If not in their fathers' cause, yet still in theirs, were it so great a sin to die upon a barricade?"

BOOK V

Revolt

A Man's a Man for a' That

BY ROBERT BURNS

(Scotland's most popular poet, 1759-1796)

S there, for honest poverty,

Is

That hangs his head, and a' that?
The coward slave, we pass him by,
We daur be puir, for a' that!
For a' that, and a' that,

Our toils obscure and a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp-
The man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin-grey and a' that;

Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine-
A man's a man for a' that.

For a' that, and a' that,
Their tinsel show and a' that,

The honest man, though e'er sae puir,
Is king o' men for a' that.

Ye see yon birkie, ca'ed a lord,

Wha struts, and stares, and a' that; Though hundreds worship at his word, He's but a coof for a' that:

For a' that, and a' that, His riband, star, and a' that; The man of independent mind, He looks and laughs at a' that.

A king can make a belted knight,

A marquis, duke, and a' that;
But an honest man's aboon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that!
For a' that, and a' that,

Their dignities and a' that,

The pith o' sense and pride o' worth
Are higher rank than a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a' that)

That sense and worth, o'er a' the earth,
May bear the gree and a' that.

For a' that, and a' that

It's coming yet, for a' that,
When man to man, the warld o'er,
Shall brithers be for a' that.

BY THOMAS JEFFERSON

(President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, 1743-1826)

LL eyes are opened or opening to the rights of man.

ALL

The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.

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